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The ACVA Shield

Posted by Taein Kim

10/12/17 10:42 AM

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If you are being attacked by a stronger opponent, sometimes you need a strong shield. Korea Customs is such an opponent with all the power of the government behind them, how can importers protect themselves?  

One defensive shield available is the ‘ACVA’ program.

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Topics: Best Practices, Asia

What Do Conflict Minerals Mean for Your Supply Chain?

Posted by Haley Wadel

9/14/17 3:57 PM

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Ah, summer!  Fun, sun, smuggling, and conflict minerals. Around this time last year, a Chinese-owned gold mining company was gifting cash and guns to local militias, while at the same time smuggling approximately $17 million of gold out of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

If you happen to be reading this on a mobile device, you currently have gold embedded in an electronic circuit right beneath your fingertips…

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Topics: Best Practices

Encryption Control in France

Posted by Jerome Pin

8/15/17 6:37 AM

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 Most exporters of technology products have learned in the past, either through good corporate governance or a knock on the door by their local export control enforcement authority, that encryption is a sensitive subject (pun intended).

Within the European Union, most items incorporating encryption are classified as dual-use goods (when not Military items) and are subject to Export Control.

Within the EU, French authorities extend control of encrypted items beyond the export process to import as well.  Cryptographic items can move freely within French territory. However, supplying, importing, or exporting encrypted items are regulated activities.

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Topics: Europe, Best Practices

Supply Chain Security

Posted by Michael Bellezza

9/22/16 10:44 AM

092116-security.pngLast week, we got the news of more terrorist attacks, this time in New York City, North Jersey, and the Jersey Shore. This hit a bit close to home as I grew up on the shore and have lived close to all of those places at one time or another. 

It wasn't shocking, but felt more routine, which in and of itself is shocking. We've seen this in various forms in  Nice, Baghdad, Turkey, Belgium, Pakistan, France, and a dozen other global locations. 

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Topics: Best Practices

What C-TPAT and College Financial Aid Have in Common

Posted by Devin Kelley

7/27/16 1:14 PM

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Remember back in your college days, when you had to stay on top of all your financial aid forms?

Remember how your parents would nag you about CSS and FAFSA every year when the submissions were due?

As a current college student and Tradewin intern, I am no stranger to financial aid deadlines and nagging parents – in fact, I’ve got three years of experience under my belt. Although it’s a pain to keep track of all the forms, it is important to make sure they are all filled out correctly and submitted on time. Otherwise, the College Board (or worse, the federal government!) will make life difficult.

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Topics: Best Practices